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Arkiveringsdatum 190517:

UNHCR 19-05-16:

IDAHOT: UNHCR launching consultations on LGBTI refugees' rights till sidans topp

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has launched this week a series of consultations to identify ways of ensuring that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees are better protected against harm, and are able to seek justice and support when they experience violence and discrimination.

Echoing the theme chosen for this year's International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT), "Justice and Protection for All", the first round of consultations with LGBTI organizations and advocates took place today, 16 May 2019, in Geneva. Other consultations will take place in different parts of the world in the coming months.

"UNHCR has been working hard to ensure that LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees are protected wherever they are, but we need to mobilize further. This is why it is so important to hear from and join up forces with individuals and organizations that have expert knowledge on this issue," said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi.

With over 70 countries around the world still criminalizing same-sex relationships, many LGBTI people continue to experience severe human rights abuses and persecution in their home countries. Forced to seek safety and protection abroad, they often face similar or even greater risks once arrived in neighboring countries.

"It is vital that we create safe spaces for LGBTI asylum seekers and refugees so they don't feel compelled to conceal their sexual orientation or gender identity in an effort to protect themselves," said Grandi, noting that over the past years, UNHCR has invested in developing guidance, tools and training on LGBTI issues for its staff and partners.

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Arkiveringsdatum 190415:

University of Bristol March 2019:

Reimagining refugee rights: addressing asylum harms in Britain, Denmark and Sweden till sidans topp

For people seeking asylum in Northern Europe, reaching a safe country is a key goal. However, many face unexpected and unduly harsh realities: poverty, poor healthcare, racism and Islamophobia can make life incredibly difficult. This raises serious ethical concerns. Rather than accessing rights, many people experience the degeneration of their mental health, loss of job-related skills as time goes on, and social isolation.

About the research

Survivors of violence and persecution are often excluded from support networks. Likewise, some policies and social attitudes are increasingly hostile toward migrants, resulting in harmful laws and practices.

This report outlines findings from a study based in Britain, Denmark and Sweden from 2016-2018. Funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, it documents the harms increasingly embedded in the lives of people seeking asylum. In particular, this study focuses on the gendered implications of seeking asylum.

It highlights that hostile attitudes and environments compound - or make worse - the impacts of violence, torture and sexual abuse. At the same time, social and psychological support is reduced, leaving many people in an unsupported limbo, and women survivors of violence on the periphery of societies. Overall, this report shows that the rights of women seeking asylum are diminishing in all three countries, and calls for a significant relaxation of social controls in the lives of people seeking asylum.

This project used three key methods to explore asylum harms; in-depth interviews, oral histories, and participatory action. Between October 2016-June 2018, 74 in-depth interviews were undertaken with psychologists, detention custody officers, activists, sexual violence counsellors, immigration lawyers and barristers. In-depth oral histories were also undertaken with five women, facilitating longer-term insight into women's lives and trajectories of violence.

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Arkiveringsdatum 190302:

Disabled Refugees Welcome 19-03-01:

DRW's observations on the situation of disabled asylum seekers in Sweden till sidans topp

Sweden has laws and regulations that are meant to ensure that asylum seekers are guaranteed a legally certain asylum procedure. Everyone is to have their case thoroughly tried by competent authorities. With this perspective Sweden could be seen as a good example compared to other EU countries. However, experiences shared by disabled asylum seekers with DRW reveal that the system fails them.

The system has enormous gaps in regards to the disability perspective, failing to guarantee legal certainty for asylum seekers with disabilities.

First of all Migration Agency is not detecting disability at an early stage in the asylum process. The consequences of this negligence causes other problems to arise such as:

+ Miscommunication in the asylum process with someone having a hearing impairment, that could imply that the persons reasons for seeking asylum are not communicated, affecting the possibility of a granted asylum.

+ Information given is inaccessible for persons with seeing impairments, neuropsychiatric diagnoses and intellectual disability which implies that asylum seekers are not being properly informed on rights, procedures and possible access to social support.

+ Lack of accessible information can mean that people are not aware of having the right to choose their case worker.

Another structural limitation is that health checks are not designed to assess asylum seekers with non normative abilities that are not visible. Consequently these persons face health deterioration and suffering, as well as various problems such as decreased motivation and life quality.

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